News Room

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             July 08, 2020

       

NFTA Board Meeting on July 23, 2020

 

In keeping with the guidance and directives of local, state, and national health authorities including the Centers for Disease Control relating to COVID-19 and pursuant to Executive Order No. 202.1, issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s (the “NFTA”) Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for July 23, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. will be held telephonically by conference call.  Only the Executive Director, Chair (or Acting Chair), Commissioners of the NFTA, and essential staff of the NFTA will be permitted to be present in-person for the meeting.  The public will have the ability to view and listen to the meeting by accessing the NFTA’s website at www.nfta.com.  The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.  

 

Iron Workers Celebrate Major Construction Milestone at the Buffalo Airport

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           June 30, 2020       

       

 

What and Who: Join the NFTA along with civic, business and government leaders, including NYS Assembly Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes and Senator Tim Kennedy for a traditional Topping Out event at the Buffalo Airport. Wednesday is the day the final piece of steel will be hoisted into place, marking that the project on the west end has reached its maximum height. This is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years, symbolizes good luck and is highly visual.

 

Where:              Buffalo Niagara International Airport Outside, West End, past the Southwest curbside

                         check in at the overhang.

 

When:                Wednesday, July 1, 10:00 a.m.

 

         

**Please park in daily parking at the top level (it will be closest to the topping out location and bring in your ticket in for validation)

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport and Niagara Falls International Airport continue to work with national, state, and local health care partners to collectively create the safest environment for our travelers during this health care crisis. The recently announced joint travel advisory issued by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (along with Connecticut, and New Jersey) does not limit or restrict air travel to and from states with high corona virus infection rates, it does require individuals traveling from those areas to self-quarantine for 14 days. We recommend contacting your air carrier about any possible restrictions or procedures. The link below provides detailed information on the travel guidelines. We will update you as more information becomes available.
https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

Complimentary transportation services boost to tourism

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    June 19, 2020

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced its seasonal launch of Metro’s Trolley Service to guests staying at participating Niagara Falls hotels and motels beginning Friday, June 19.   Metro’s Niagara Falls Trolley buses will serve Niagara Falls Boulevard, Pine Avenue, the Niagara Falls International Airport and downtown Niagara Falls, USA.

Special Trolley stop signs along the route indicate where riders can board a Metro trolley.  

In downtown Niagara Falls, stops include the Aquarium of Niagara Falls, the Seneca Niagara Casino, and across from the Niagara Falls USA Official Visitor Center at First and Rainbow.  Service will also be provided to hotels and shops along Third Street, Rainbow Blvd. and Buffalo Avenue. In addition, stops are located along Pine Avenue, at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, several motels along Niagara Falls Boulevard and Little Italy. 

Patrons receive their free 2020 trolley day passes upon request at participating hotels and motels.  The trolley pass, supported by the local Niagara Falls bed tax, allows pass holders free access to the trolley service and the entire Metro Bus and Rail system in Niagara and Erie counties.  Passes must be validated in Niagara County and may be used anytime on the date the pass is punched by the Metro operator.

“We are excited to once again partner with the NFTA-Metro on a critical service for the tourism industry in Niagara Falls, USA.  Metro’s trolley serves hotels, motels, and attractions throughout Niagara Falls, making it easy for visitors to travel around the city.  Although we are dealing with a new normal, we are excited about the opportunity to restart our businesses in Niagara Falls and welcome tourists back to our world class destination,” said Frank Strangio, President, Niagara Falls Hotel Association.

“Metro’s trolley provides access for tourists to destinations within the City of Niagara Falls and throughout Western  New York.  This has been a challenging year, but we are looking forward to working with our partners in the City of Niagara Falls to support the transportation needs of the community during the upcoming tourism season,” said Tom George, NFTA Metro’s Director of Public Transit.

Operation hours are from 9 a.m. until midnight as follows: June 19 - Sept. 27 (Daily) and Oct. 2-31 (Fri-Sun).  All trolley route maps and schedules can be found online at nfta.com/metro, #NFTrolley, or upon visiting the Niagara USA Visitors Center at 10 Rainbow Blvd.

Those without a trolley day pass can ride the trolley by paying Metro's regular adult fare of $2, $1 for children (5-11 yrs.), seniors (65 yrs. and over), disabled and Medicare clients with valid I.D. All other Metro passes are also valid.  Children four and younger ride free, limit three children per fare paying adult.

 

 

Enhanced Safety Measures Ready for Riders

NEWS RELEASE

 

BUFFALO, N.Y, - Starting on Monday, June 29, 2020, we will resume fare collection and front-door boarding on all transit services, including buses, rail and our paratransit vehicles.

At the end of March, we suspended fare collection payment and required our riders to board through the rear-doors to support social distancing between operators and customers. Enhanced safety measures, which include protective driver barriers have been installed on all buses, and will provide a shield between operators and passengers, making fare collection possible while minimizing contact.  Our riders are encouraged to use the Token Transit contactless mobile ticketing app.

Additionally, we are intensively cleaning and disinfecting our vehicles.

And while we are all making progress around the country, and here in Western New York, as more businesses are opening, we require all passengers to wear a face covering on our vehicles and in our stations. We will continue daily disinfecting of high-touch areas in our vehicles, including railings, seating, and operator area.

We are asking our passengers to exercise the following measures:

  • Do not ride if you are sick.
  • A face covering must be worn while on the bus, rail and in our stations.
  • Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds before and after riding the bus/rail.
  • Maintain six feet of social distance at bus stops, and aboard the bus/rail when possible.
  • If there are too many people at a bus stop, consider taking the next bus. In instances of overcrowding, our operators will call into dispatch to deploy another vehicle to the affected route when possible.

We want to extend our appreciation for your patience and support during these challenging times.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  May 21, 2020

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority took part in the Sound the Horn: Supporting Public Transit Workers event, on May 21st, at 3:00 PM.  Agencies throughout New York state, and New Jersey, sounded their horns from a variety of vehicles to honor public transit workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

After the success of the first Sound the Horn event on April 17, transportation authorities across the state participated today. 

Through the use of the hashtags #HeroesMovingHeroes and #SoundTheHorn community members were able to support and promote the event on social media so that the hard work of those providing essential transportation is recognized.

Local Rap Artist Conway the Machine shows his appreciation to Front-line Workers at NFTA-Metro

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Local rap artist Conway the Machine is showing his gratitude to the women and men of NFTA’s Metro Bus and Rail by buying them breakfast. On Friday, May 15, Conway is sending the most important meal of the day to each of Metro’s three bus garages, and rail yard.

He is making a visit to Cold Spring Garage, 1547 Michigan Ave., at 10 a.m., to personally thank the drivers, mechanics, cleaners and other staff. A life-long Buffalonian, he recognizes the hard work it takes to make sure this community has reliable access to healthcare, jobs, groceries and other essential services everyday – work made even hard under these remarkable circumstances.

Conway the Machine is a co-founder of Griselda Records, which signed a deal with Enimem’s Shady Records in 2017, and founder of Drumwork Music Group. He has been performing for close to a decade.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Metro Bus and Rail is making several changes in response to the COVID-19 impact on our operations. Beginning Sunday, May 24, Metro will temporarily eliminate routes 7-Baynes Richmond, 29-Wohlers, 54-Military, 68-George Urban and 79-Tonawanda. Each route has alternative service available for riders. Resources devoted to these routes will be used to support other Metro service. None of these adjustments will affect access to our paratransit service area or availability.

Transit ridership has declined by 75% here in Western New York, across the country and worldwide, but the need for social distancing space on buses and trains has increased. To deal with these new challenges, Metro is reallocating buses, drivers and support from routes that are little used to routes that are critical to the region. These changes allow Metro to add vehicles at peak times in order to prevent crowding and maintain public access to healthcare, jobs and groceries.

Metro has reduced the number of bus routes strategically; each route that has been discontinued has other routes available to fill in the gaps.

7-Baynes-Richmond has alternative service on 3-Grant and 20-Elmwood.

29-Wohlers has alternative service on 8-Main, 18-Jefferson, 22-Summer Best and Metro Rail.

54-Military has alternative service on 50-Main Niagara, 52-Hyde Park and 55-Pine Ave.

68-George Urban has alternative service on 24-Genesee, 46-Lancaster and 47-Youngs.

79-Tonawanda has alternative service on 20-Elmwood

The women and men of Metro Bus and Rail remain committed to providing the best and safest transit service possible throughout this current emergency and into the future. We have detailed information on the service adjustments on our website at www.nfta.com.

Essential workers are honored with special chocolate bars during Public Service recognition week  

BUFFALO, N.Y., - Former NFTA commissioners Eunice Lewin and Ernestine Green (the first woman to be appointed the NFTA board of commissioners) coordinated a massive chocolate bar give-a-way for all the essential workers at the NFTA. Hundreds of special chocolate bars were given to these exceptional employees.

“We wanted to do something unique for these caring and committed members of our community,” said former NFTA Commissioner Eunice Lewin. “With the help of some generous donors, and Fowler’s chocolates these special workers received a sweet treat for all that they do.” The timing was perfect, as May 3-9 is national Public Service Recognition Week. There is no better time to show our appreciation for the men and women who are keeping vital traveling moving during this health care crisis. The give-a-way started at Cold Spring garage and continued throughout the authority.   

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The NFTA has confirmed three additional employees have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The latest are two Metro operators, the other is on the custodial staff at the Buffalo Airport. With these additions, the total at the agency is 8.

 

All three of the most recently confirmed cases have been out of work for several weeks and do not pose any risk to the public or fellow employees. We are pleased to report that all are recovering well and self-quarantined at home.

 

The NFTA continues to work with the New York State and Erie County Health departments, as well as the CDC and doing our part by increasing our cleaning and disinfecting efforts throughout our facilities and vehicles, and widely publicizing  public health recommendations to avoid the spread of respiratory illnesses—namely, social distancing; avoiding close contact with sick individuals; frequent hand-washing; covering your cough or sneezing into a tissue; cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; and staying home when you are sick.

Senator Timothy Kennedy, Buffalo Peacemakers, the Buffalo Board of Education and NFTA Partners to Deliver School Meals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             April 20, 2020

MEDIA ADVISORY

What and Who:  NFTA Metro Bus and Rail, with the help of Senator Timothy M. Kennedy’s office, has teamed up with the Buffalo Board of Education and the Buffalo Peacemakers to deliver meals to students’ homes. Senator Kennedy, Kim Minkel, and members of Peacemakers will be at the delivery. 

 

When and Where:     Monday, April 20, 9:30 a.m.

                                   1055 East Delavan Avenue

                                   Buffalo Board of Education Food Service Department  

 

 Lunches for families will be loaded onto NFTA Paratransit vehicles at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Before the official vehicle packing, Senator Timothy Kennedy and Kim Minkel will make brief

remarks and then volunteers will begin the delivery process.

 

Senator Kennedy, Peacemakers, the Buffalo Board of Education and NFTA Partner to Deliver School Meals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             April 20, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y., – NFTA–Metro Bus and Rail, with the help of Senator Timothy M. Kennedy’s office, has teamed up with the Buffalo Board of Education and the Buffalo Peacemakers to deliver meals to students’ homes. Metro’s Paratransit Access Line vans normally transport individuals with disabilities to jobs, school or medical appointments. Current stay-at-home orders have freed up some time in the usually full PAL schedules. Metro is putting it to good use.

Senator Tim Kennedy, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, said, “Throughout the pandemic, my office has been contacted by countless Western New York businesses, agencies, and people who are looking to help in this unprecedented time of crisis. Our role has often served as a connector, ensuring these services and resources are delivered where they're needed most. This incredible new partnership between the NFTA, BPS, and Buffalo Peacemakers is a clear example of that - our city's leaders are stepping up and working together to serve our children and those who are homebound. I thank Kim Minkel, Pastor James Giles and the Peacemakers, and Dr. Kriner Cash and the hundreds of teachers and volunteers who truly embody the spirit of the City of Good Neighbors and all that it has to offer.”

“It is a privilege and an honor to be on the front lines of service during this time of Contagion that our communities face,” Pastor James Giles of the Peacemakers added. “With the help of our Senator Tim Kennedy, NFTA, Back To Basics, and the Buffalo Peacemakers, and all the other wonderful volunteers that have committed themselves to this endeavor, we will see that no family is left behind or forgotten, as we hope to feed and offer hope to those citizens that are most in need.”

NFTA-Metro will deliver in excess of 150 meals every weekday for as long as needed, and is proud to serve the community in whatever new ways this crisis demands.

Agency expresses appreciation for valuable service

BUFFALO, N.Y., – Any employees at the NFTA experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, will now be able to be tested. This is part of Kaleida’s recent announcement that workers deemed essential by New York State, and are showing symptoms of COVID-19, will now be able to receive a test from the healthcare system. Previously testing was only for critical symptomatic patients and frontline hospital workers. There are approximately 1600 employees at the NFTA.  

“I’m very appreciative of the many employees we have at the NFTA who are helping the heroes at Kaleida Health and other essential workers throughout Western New York get to their essential jobs,” said Kim Minkel, Executive Director, NFTA. “We are tremendously grateful to Kaleida for providing this service.”

We are working with the New York State and Erie County Health departments, as well as the CDC and doing our part by increasing our cleaning and disinfecting efforts throughout our facilities and vehicles, and widely publicizing  public health recommendations to avoid the spread of respiratory illnesses—namely, social distancing; avoiding close contact with sick individuals; frequent hand-washing; covering your cough or sneezing into a tissue; cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; and staying home when you are sick.

New schedule to Best Fit Rider Needs Starts Sunday

BUFFALO, N.Y., NFTA-Metro Bus and Rail will begin summer service starting Easter Sunday. The new schedule eliminates school service and will best adapt to the decrease in ridership and help with the increased cleaning schedule. The updated schedule is on our website www.nfta.com.

NFTA-Metro is reminding the Western New York Community that during this health crisis, public transportation is for essential travel only.  We are echoing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s order that only critical trips be made on mass transportation services.

Transit is essential and we continue to operate to get health care workers and other critical employees to work, and take riders to vital appointments, and necessary shopping. The Governor’s message is very clear, do not take public transportation unless urgent and necessary.

NFTA-Metro is doing everything it can to help stop the spread of COVID-19. On Friday, March 27, it suspended fare collection on all bus routes, paratransit service and Metro Rail and passengers are being asked to use rear doors when boarding and exiting buses. Those who have special needs or mobility issues may still use front doors. These measures maximize social distancing and help protect employees and riders. Metro continues to follow and promote the advice coming from state and local health care officials and will continue to keep passengers and employees safe during this time of concern.

Metro Bus and Rail have greatly increased cleaning schedules. Buses, rail cars, rail stations and other locations are subjected to regular and continuous deep cleaning, with special attention to common touch areas. Metro also has put cleaners in the field to sanitize buses multiple times throughout the day.

As a reminder to the public, if you are sick, stay home and please do not use public transportation.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             April 7, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A second Transit Police officer has tested positive for COVID-19.

The officer, assigned to the aviation division at the Buffalo Airport was last on the job on Saturday, April 4, and had very limited contact with the public.

The NFTA worked with the Erie County Health Department in its investigation. The officer is self-quarantined at home and is recovering well.  

This is the fifth confirmed case at the NFTA.  

We are working with the New York State and Erie County Health departments, as well as the CDC and doing our part by increasing our cleaning and disinfecting efforts throughout our facilities and vehicles, and widely publicizing  public health recommendations to avoid the spread of respiratory illnesses—namely, social distancing; avoiding close contact with sick individuals; frequent hand-washing; covering your cough or sneezing into a tissue; cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; and staying home when you are sick.

 

Public Transportation for Essential Travel Only

BUFFALO, N.Y., NFTA-Metro Bus and Rail is reminding the Western New York Community that during this health crisis, public transportation is for essential travel only. We are echoing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s order that only critical trips be made on mass transportation services.

Transit is essential and we continue to operate to get health care workers and other critical employees to work, and take riders to vital appointments, and necessary shopping. The Governor’s message is very clear, do not take public transportation unless urgent and necessary.

NFTA-Metro is doing everything it can to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Last Friday, it suspended fare collection on all bus routes, paratransit service and Metro Rail and passengers are being asked to use rear doors when boarding and exiting buses. Those who have special needs or mobility issues may still use front doors. These measures maximize social distancing and help protect employees and riders. Metro continues to follow and promote the advice coming from state and local health care officials and will continue to keep passengers and employees safe during this time of concern.

Metro Bus and Rail have greatly increased cleaning schedules. Buses, rail cars, rail stations and other locations are subjected to regular deep-cleaning using hospital-grade sanitizing agents. Metro also has put cleaners in the field to sanitize buses multiple times throughout the day.

As a reminder to the public, if you are sick, stay home and please do not use public transportation.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             April 3, 2020

      

Changes to NFTA Board Meeting on April 23, 2020

 

In keeping with the guidance and directives of local, state, and national health authorities including the Centers for Disease Control relating to COVID-19 and pursuant to Executive Order No. 202.1, issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s (the “NFTA”) Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for April 23, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. will be held telephonically by conference call.  Only the Executive Director, Chair (or Acting Chair), Commissioners of the NFTA, and essential staff of the NFTA will be permitted to be present in-person for the meeting.  The public will have the ability to view and listen to the meeting by accessing the NFTA’s website at www.nfta.com.  The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.  

 

 

 

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A Transit Police officer has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The officer was last at work on Saturday, March 28th and had very limited contact with the public.

The NFTA worked with the Erie County Health Department in its investigation and it was determined that only one other employee was in contact, and in an abundance of caution, the other employee was sent home. The officer who tested positive is self-quarantined at home and is recovering well, with minor symptoms.

This is the fourth confirmed case at the NFTA, and the first police officer.

We are working with the New York State and Erie County Health departments, as well as the CDC and doing our part by increasing our cleaning and disinfecting efforts throughout our facilities and vehicles, and widely publicizing  public health recommendations to avoid the spread of respiratory illnesses—namely, social distancing; avoiding close contact with sick individuals; frequent hand-washing; covering your cough or sneezing into a tissue; cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; and staying home when you are sick.

To facilitate social distancing, Metro makes changes across the board

BUFFALO, N.Y., Metro Bus and Rail is responding to the coronavirus COVID-19 with modifications to increase safety for riders and operators.  

Metro will temporarily suspend fare collection on all bus routes, paratransit service and Metro Rail, beginning Friday, March 27. Because there is no fare collection, passengers will be asked to use rear doors when boarding and exiting buses. Those who have special needs or mobility issues may still use front doors. This change was approved by the NFTA board of commissioners at Thursday’s board meeting.

These measures will maximize social distancing, help protect employees and riders, and provide more opportunities to clean and disinfect buses and rail cars. Metro continues to follow and promote the advice coming from state and local health care partners and will continue to keep passengers and employs safe during this time of concern.

Metro Bus and Rail has greatly increased cleaning schedules. Buses, rail cars, rail stations and other locations are now subject to deep-cleaning liquid, containing hospital-grade sanitizing agents. Bus operators have access to disposable gloves and sanitizing wipes to do additional cleaning. Metro also has put cleaners in the field to sanitize buses multiple times throughout the day.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             March 20, 2020

       

 

Changes to NFTA Board Meeting on March 26, 2020

 

 

In keeping with the guidance and directives of local, state, and national health authorities including the Centers for Disease Control relating to COVID-19 and pursuant to Executive Order No. 202.1, issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s (the “NFTA”) Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for March 26, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. will be held telephonically by conference call.  Only the Executive Director, Chair (or Acting Chair), Commissioners of the NFTA, and essential staff of the NFTA will be permitted to be present in-person for the meeting.  The public will have the ability to view and listen to the meeting by accessing the NFTA’s website at www.nfta.com.  The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.  

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             March 18, 2020

       

BUFFALO, N.Y. — An employee at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19. This individual is not customer facing and was never ill on the job.  Our colleague traveled out of state and has been in self-quarantine at home since March 14th. 

This is the first confirmed case at the NFTA. We are grateful to our team members who acted responsibly and helped in the global effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are pleased that this employee is feeling healthy. 

We are working with the New York State and Erie County Health departments, as well as the CDC and doing our part by increasing our cleaning and disinfecting efforts throughout our facilities and vehicles, and widely publicizing  public health recommendations to avoid the spread of respiratory illnesses—namely, social distancing; avoiding close contact with sick individuals; frequent hand-washing; covering your cough or sneezing into a tissue; cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; and staying home when you are sick.

Addressing COVID-19 Concerns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           March 5, 2020

       

Coronavirus and Public Transportation

Addressing COVID-19 concerns

 

BUFFALO, N.Y.- The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a concern throughout the world and here in Western New York. As a public transportation authority, that oversees a bus, rail, and two international airports, we take this seriously, and are working hard to help communicate important information and keep our riders and travelers safe.

We want to be sure to communicate that the immediate risk remains low for people to be exposed to the virus, according to the New York State Department of Health.

The NFTA is partnering with other agencies in the region to share messages to help prevent the spread of this virus, as well as the flu. Below are some precautions to help keep ourselves and others healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. A hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will do if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes to avoid transferring germs.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces, like counters, light switches, doorknobs and cellphones.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.

We are following the guidance of state health authorities to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Our top priority is to ensure that our customers and our employees stay healthy and safe. 

For more information about novel coronavirus or influenza (flu):

 

The Countdown is on, Applications for the NFTA Police Exam are due in less than 2 weeks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             February 25, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y., - Those who are interested in joining the award winning NFTA Police force have two more weeks to get their applications in. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority started accepting applications in the beginning of the year. The exam is the start of the process designed to find the perfect candidates for the Transportation Authority Police Department. Officers have a great opportunity to take part in a unique and highly rewarding law enforcement career. The test will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, applications are due by Friday, March 6, 2020. Information, and relevant materials, are available at nfta.com.

“This is an important event for us,” NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel said. “Keeping our community safe is our number one priority.  Whether on a bus, in our rail system, or at either of our international airports. We are looking for the best to join our highly directed police force.”

There is a $25 fee due with the application, prior to the close of business on March 6th, 2020. In addition to the timed, written test, there is also a physical exam; more details on the process are available at nfta.com.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             February 25, 2020

 

Metro Rail Expansion Public Hearings

 

What and Who:        NFTA Metro will present the findings of the LRT Expansion Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to the community for public testimony. This is the next step the expansion project.

 

When and Where:     Tuesday, February 25, 5 p.m.

                                   Sweet Home Middle School Auditorium, 4150 Maple Road

 

                                    Wednesday, February 26, 1 p.m.

                                    The Screening Room at Boulevard Mall, 880 Alberta Drive

Presentations to begin approximately 30 mins after the start time of each hearing. Interviews will be given prior to the start of each hearing. Reporters wishing to go live during the hearing will be asked to do so from outside the auditorium as to not disrupt the hearing.

The Niagara Frontier Transit Metro System, Inc. (Metro), is a subsidiary of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

Doors open to media at 4:45 p.m. (on 2/25) and noon (on 2/26). To help all speakers present comments and presentations, we ask if journalists are reporting live, to do so outside the Auditorium.  

                                   

Fisher-Price Unveils New Play Areas at the Buffalo Airport

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           January 22, 2020          

 

What and Who: Join leaders from Fisher-Price, the NFTA, government and civic leaders as we unveil the newly installed Fisher-Price Play Gates.  The attractions within each of the three gate areas (Gate #2, Gate #9 and Gate #19/21) will showcase larger-than-life versions of iconic Fisher Price toys including the Rock-a-Stack, the Chatterphone, Thomas the Tank Engine and more.  Each of the play structures will be large enough for children to climb, use their imaginations and most importantly, have fun!

 

Where:              Buffalo Niagara International Airport Post Security  

 

When:                Wednesday, January 22, 11:00 a.m.

 

*** This will be held post-security, all members of the media need to be at the departing level of airport

(2nd floor) by 10:30 a.m., to be escorted through security.

                                   

**Please park in daily parking area and bring in ticket in for validation

 

Western New York Students Kick Off Sounds of the Season and Gifts Of Warmth Charity Drive

BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is proud to present its holiday Sounds of the Season again this year in the downtown bus terminal (181 Ellicott Street) for its 12th year.  Talented local students will perform live holiday music from Friday, December 13 through Friday, December 20.  The holiday entertainment has become a highly popular tradition and helps bring joy to travelers in our busy downtown bus terminal and throughout our Metro system.  This year we will be collecting “Gifts of Warmth” to benefit the families and children of The Salvation Army of Buffalo.

“Buffalo Public School’s Music Department is excited to partner with NFTA Metro and the Salvation Army for the 2019 Sounds of the Season holiday performances.   Daily live events will showcase the diverse musical talents of BPS students as they bring holiday merriment and joy to travelers and Metro customers throughout the holiday season while raising awareness to a great cause of supporting families through donations of warm clothing to the Salvation Army,” said James Schwanz, Musical Supervisor for Buffalo Public Schools.      

“The Salvation Army is thrilled to be the beneficiary of the gifts of warmth collection from NFTA Metro and Buffalo Public Schools.  We will be distributing them in our Homeless Family Shelter, as well as our Homeless Street Feed Program, to those in need of socks, gloves, hats and scarves,” said Major Annette Lock. “Community partnerships like these are so important to our mission of basic needs, especially in Buffalo’s cold winters.

The public can donate items at the downtown bus terminal during any of our lunchtime performances (181 Ellicott St.), at the Buffalo Airport firehouse (120 Amherst Villa Rd.) 1404 Main Street (TPD Headquarters) and Buffalo Schools #3 (255 Porter Ave.), #45 (141 Hoyt St.), and #74 (126 Donaldson Rd.).  All donated items will be provided to families in need within our local community for the holidays.

The following schools will be performing live holiday music at our downtown bus terminal on the dates and times indicated:

            Fri., Dec. 13                Kick Off Event – 181 Ellicott             10 a.m.
                                                Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts

 


            Mon., Dec. 16             Lorraine Elementary                        11 a.m.
                                                Dr. Lydia Wright                           12 p.m.

            Tues., Dec. 17            Buffalo Academy of Visual                11 a.m.
                                            and Performing Arts                                      

           Weds., Dec. 18            Akron Mobile Santa Band                  8 a.m. (est) – 15  min perf.
                                            Southside Elementary                       11 a.m.
                                            Metro Santa will be stopping by for a visit.
                                            Buffalo Academy for VPA                   12 p.m.

          Thurs., Dec. 19           South Park High School                     11 a.m.
                                           Middle Early College HS                     12 p.m.           

On Dec. 19, students from Olmsted High School will perform at Metro Rail’s University Station at 10 - 10:45 a.m. and at Evans Bank@Lafayette Rail Station from 11:15 – 11:30 a.m.  Santa will also be riding Metro Rail throughout the day checking on riders to see if they have been naughty or nice.

          Fri., Dec. 20              Waterfront                                          11 a.m.
                                         Olmsted #156                                      12 p.m.

Each musical performance will feature 30-45 students who will generally entertain for approximately 45 minutes. All are welcome to attend.  If inclement weather, schedule changes will be posted through social media.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             December 11, 2019    

Now Accepting Applications for the Transit Authority Police Exam

 

BUFFALO, N.Y., - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that it will begin accepting applications for its upcoming police exam. Held only as needed, the exam is the start of the process designed to find the perfect candidates for the Transportation Authority Police Department.  The test will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the Buffalo Convention Center, applications are due by Friday, March 6, 2020. Information, and relevant materials, are available at nfta.com.

“This is an important event for us,” NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel said. “Keeping our traveling public safe is our number one priority whether on a bus, in our rail system, or at either of our international airports. That means we are looking for the best, and the best should be looking for an opportunity with the Transit Police. It is a rewarding, meaningful career.”

There is a $25 fee due with the application, prior to the close of business on March 6th, 2020. In addition to the timed, written test, there is also a physical exam; more details on the process are available at nfta.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             November 22, 2019          

BUFFALO, N.Y., - The Buffalo Niagara International Airport held a Topping Out ceremony, commemorating the installation of the highest steel beam in the first phase of the Airport upgrade. In an ancient Scandinavian tradition, a small evergreen is attached to the tallest beam so that no structure is, at least symbolically, higher than the trees.

“As a frequent traveler at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, I know how important this project is to improve the traveling experience and support continued economic growth in Buffalo and Western New York,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who attended today’s ceremony. “Our airport is ranked as one of the best in the nation, and these upgrades will help ensure we maintain the highest standards to benefit travelers from near and far.” 

Congressman Brian Higgins said, “Flight options and usage continue to grow at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and this $61 million project allows the airport to grow with it. Today we raise the bar, both figuratively and literally on the Buffalo Airport experience, accommodating the efficient flow of operations and passengers to keep pace with the needs of today and tomorrow.”

NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel said, “As our region continues to grow, Western New Yorkers deserve a world-class airport designed to meet the needs of today’s 21st century traveler. Thanks to the support of Governor Cuomo, Congressman Higgins, and the entire Western New York Delegation, this project will modernize the Buffalo Airport with the services and amenities needed to improve the traveling experience for millions of current and future passengers.”

William R. Vanecek, the NFTA’s Director of Aviation said, “The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is excited about enhancing the terminal. The raising of this beam represents a literal landmark to the progress and vitality of this community asset. The Buffalo Airport has been a powerful engine of economic growth for more than 20 years and with the improvements we are building here, it is only going to get stronger.”

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport’s #BUFup project is expected to take three years. It will improve passenger-dynamics throughout the terminal, including the security entrance, public exits, inspection areas and baggage claim. The upgrade also creates more comfortable waiting areas for passengers transitioning to cars, buses and vans.

 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Unique and Energized Station Look

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

BUFFALO, N.Y., - Leaders from Evans Bancorp, the NFTA and Civic and Government officials cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Evans Bank Station@Lafayette Square.  Earlier this year, Evans Bancorp purchased the naming rights for the NFTA’s Lafayette Square above-ground Metro Rail station. Located steps away from the bank’s Business & Relationship Center at Main & Court Streets, the new station promotes the bank’s presence in downtown Buffalo. 

“We wanted to make a big brand statement downtown due to the proximity to our financial center and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome,” said David J. Nasca, Evans Bank President & CEO.  “At Evans, we believe strongly in public/private partnerships and this is an investment that will benefit the entire community by allowing the public to enjoy an updated and beautifully vibrant station in a highly trafficked downtown corridor.”

In addition to the new station now beautifully colored in “Evans” orange, the company’s logo is now prominently displayed on top of the station, as well as on ticketing machines. Additional branding will appear on station shelter signs and maps, internal digital and audio message boards, online and digital schedules and in three rail cars.

"This new partnership is yet another great example of Evans Bank’s commitment to the Western New York Community,” said Sister Denise Roche, Chair, NFTA Board of Commissioners. “We are most appreciative because this provides us with a creative source of revenue and helps us continue to maximize public transportation and better connect our community.”

The initial term of the agreement is for five years with an option to renew for an additional five-year term.  

About Evans Bancorp, Inc.

Evans Bancorp, Inc. is a financial holding company and the parent company of Evans Bank, N.A., a commercial bank with $1.5 billion in assets and $1.3 billion in deposits at September 30, 2019. Evans is a full-service community bank, with 15 financial centers providing comprehensive financial services to consumer, business and municipal customers throughout Western New York. Evans Bancorp's wholly owned insurance subsidiary, The Evans Agency, LLC, provides life insurance, employee benefits, and property and casualty insurance through ten insurance offices in the Western New York region. Evans Investment Services provides non-deposit investment products, such as annuities and mutual funds. Evans Bancorp, Inc. and Evans Bank routinely post news and other important information on their websites, at www.evansbancorp.com and www.evansbank.com.

About the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

The NFTA is a regional multi-modal transportation authority responsible for airport and surface transportation in Erie and Niagara counties. NFTA/NFTM businesses include a bus, rail and paratransit system, the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport. In 2018, a J.D. Power study ranked the Buffalo Niagara International Airport number one in customer satisfaction for medium sized airports in North America. www.nfta.com

Get Sneak Peek of “The Club”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

What and Who:        Join Priority Pass, NFTA, government and civic leaders as they celebrate  
                                 the opening of “The Club” at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport                                                   (BNIA).  The new lounge will offer business travelers a space to relax
                                  and rejuvenate.

Where:                       Buffalo Niagara International Airport, post-security next to security area

 

When:                         Monday, September 23. 10:00 a.m.

 

                                    Media and other guests are asked to meet in the pre-security ticket area at                                      BNIA no later than 9:45 a.m. where they will be escorted post-security for                                     the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

 

 

**Please park in short term parking and bring in your ticket for validation




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